Sounder at Heart Archives for January 2015

102nd US Open Cup Final, How to watch online and TV listings

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The US Open Cup Final is on ESPN2, let's watch together. Your US Open Cup Online and TV Listings, Three Big Storylines, a stretched From a Sounders Point of View and Gamethread

Three Big Storylines (these Gamethreads have a format, might as well stick to it):
  1. Philadelphia is still smarting from losing the 101st US Open Cup Final last year to your Seattle Sounders.

Chad Marshall injury update: Sounders erring on conservative side

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Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid was light on details, says team should be able to make more clear announcements on Friday when they return to training.

Chad Marshall was taken away from Seattle Sounders training on Wednesday. That much we know. The exact nature of the injury -- other than it appears to have had something to do with his head or neck -- is still unknown, but contrary to earlier reports it appears that he was able to move his legs and at least one arm.

Training footage shows Chad Marshall moving legs, arm

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There wasn't much in terms of material updates from Sigi Schmid regarding Chad Marshall's training ground injury, but footage of the aftermath apparently had some encouraging signs.

Just watched footage. Marshall moving legs & at least 1 arm/ hand following fall.

Chad Marshall leaves Sounders training in ambulance

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It appears the Sounders center back has suffered some kind of neck injury.

A season that has been frustratingly defined by injuries appears to have taken yet another turn for the worse. The latest victim is Chad Marshall, who was taken from Sounders training in an ambulance after apparently suffering some kind of neck injury.

Chad Marshall injury updates: Center back suffers potential serious injury

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It appears the Sounders center back has suffered some kind of neck injury.

A season that has been frustratingly defined by injuries appears to have taken yet another turn for the worse. The latest victim is Chad Marshall, who was taken from Sounders training in an ambulance after apparently suffering some kind of neck injury.

NWSL Championship Scouting Report: We Meet Again

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Kansas City's triumvirate of U.S. stars will be the spine that Seattle must break to earn their first NWSL Championship.

The 2015 Seattle Reign season ends on Thursday night in Portland. And no matter what happens in that final match, it will have been another tremendously successful season under Laura Harvey.

Episode 195: The playoffs approach

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This week we discuss the latest Sounders results, how the playoff chase is looking and answer listener questions.

Nos Audietis returns to discuss the past two weeks of Sounders results, including a more in-depth look at the 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City. We look ahead at the remainder of the season, how the playoff chase is shaping up, and how important it is that the Sounders are finally getting healthy.

Sounders Academy includes future talents besides Jordan Morris

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The Sounders Academy is not empty. There's Jordan Morris and a bunch of other guys you should follow this college season. Here's four individuals and two teams that deserve most of your attention.

Stanford is doing quite well in the early college season. They're doing it with and without Jordan Morris.

Major Link Soccer: Prepping for tonight's US Open Cup Final

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The 2015 US Open Cup culminates tonight at 4 p.m. (live on ESPN2) with the Philadelphia Union hosting Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park.

Seattle

In case you missed it Master Chief will be at CenturyLink on Sunday night as the Seattle Sounders take on the LA Galaxy.

On the college soccer scene Seattle University is having a pretty good week.

YachtCon15 is happening and you are invited

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As you are likely aware, Sounder at Heart has a partner podcast called Nos Audietis. We like to play off the theme of yachting, and our sign off is "You'll Never Yacht Alone." Well, we're coming around to Episode 200 and having a bit of a celebration. It's equal parts party, live podcast and celebration of everything Sounders.

Clint Dempsey says he's getting close to 100 percent fit

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Sounders forward has been dealing with a hamstring injury since returning from national team duty over the summer.

It has been an uneven year for Clint Dempsey, which is probably putting it lightly. He started off with seven goals and four assists in his first 11 matches. He followed it up with the now-infamous "Red Card Wedding" that earned him a three-game ban.

Osvaldo Alonso's father will watch son play vs. Galaxy

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If it's at all possible for Osvaldo Alonso to gain motivation for a match, he'll likely have some when the Seattle Sounders face the LA Galaxy in front of a fully open CenturyLink Field on Sunday. Alonso's father will get to see his son play in person for the first time since the midfielder defected from Cuba eight years ago.

Reign v. FC Kansas City: Three Questions

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On Thursday, which is officially Seattle Reign FC Day in Washington state, the Seattle Reign look to win the franchises' first NWSL championship title. With the NWSL Shield already in their possession, the team will need to defeat a tough FC Kansas City squad to walk away as NWSL champions. Yes, that would be the same FCKC that defeated the Reign in the final last year.

Sounders vs. SKC - Aftermatch Aftermath: A Red Moon Rises

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On Sunday the Seattle Sounders had finishing issues, both with goals and winning games. As a result, Sporting Kansas City came back and forced a 1-1 draw. It should've been a win, but alas, regression is a fickle friend.

When faced with the uncertainty of death, man can do extraordinary things.

Sounders vs LA Galaxy: News, updates, highlights and analysis

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Sunday's FoxSports 1 match features the two biggest clubs in MLS. One is the winning-est organization in MLS history. The other merely redefined what an expansion team can do. This full stadium match at CenturyLink Field in Seattle kicks off at 6:30 PM. A full slate of stars is expected from both teams.

Sounders to wear Halo-themed jerseys against Galaxy

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Master Chief and his trusty steed will be in attendance.

Seattle Sounders FC and XBOX have teamed up to turn this Sunday's match versus the LA Galaxy into a Halo-themed "Us against the Galaxy" shoot-em-up. When the team takes the field on October 4, the Xbox logo on the team's Pitch Black jerseys will be accompanied by the words "Halo 5: Guardians.

Major Link Soccer: Game of (Interim) Thrones

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Sepp's Iron Throne continues to get hotter.

MLS

Much like another Fast and Furious film, it would be best if you started to just enjoy Didier Drogba's tear through MLS play thus far.

MLSsoccer is taking a close look at the craziness that transpired at the end of the Vancouver Whitecaps - New York City FC match, where two penalties were awarded (one for each team) in the final six minutes.

Sounders vs Sporting KC Community Player Ratings

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Why do they schedule Sounders and Seahawks at the same time? WHY?

There won't be any bias found in this space: Being able to attend a Seattle sporting event live almost always takes precedence over watching another regular season game on TV, even if it is the Seattle Sounders in an intense playoff race.

Beware the curse of the Supporters' Shield

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Learn to fear the throne.

Six teams in Major League soccer won their first game of the 2015 regular season. 1 win, 1 draw, and 4 losses later, FC Dallas took sole possession of the league lead in points per game, only to give that lead up to the Vancouver Whitecaps after 5 games played.

Over the course of the season, the PPG lead (adjusted, as above, by games played) has changed hands 12 times.

Sporting KC vs. Sounders: Highlights, stats and quotes

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Five points from a three-game roadtrip against teams in the thick of the playoff race is hardly a bad haul. But you can bet the Seattle Sounders were flying home thinking about what could have been. Facing a severely depleted Sporting KC, the Sounders were able to counter with a lineup that was as close to full strength as we've seen in quite some time.

Major Link Soccer: Catalonia movement to potentially break up La Liga

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El Classico has two major teams, but one of them might be forced out if a major secession movement succeeds.

Seattle

Opponents are getting a little salty over the pure numbers of Sounders fans again, objecting to voters for Pineda's Goal of the Week nomination.

The CenturyLink Field northbound view will be changing a lot over the next few years, as plans are set in motion for a new downtown tower reaching 102 stories (the largest on the West Coast.

Major League Standings- Watching points slip away

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Seattle Sounders FC lost their opportunity to hold the Shield lead for a couple minutes today, dropping two of three points in Kansas City. Instead of second, we sit in fourth. Overall though, this week wasn't too bad for Seattle's playoff chances.

We blew it.

We had a chance at three points and should have taken all of them.

Sounders vs Sporting KC: News, updates, lineup, analysis

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Sunday's 2 PM match on ESPN has significant Western Conference standings. Finally the Sounders are on the opposite side of the absences bug. Generally healthy Seattle face a Kansas City team without three of its best five players. It's a road game, but one where Sigi has a chance at three points.

Traveling to Kansas City for a soccer match is not easy.

Sporting Kansas City Scouting Report- They BBQ'd themselves

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Kansas City burned themselves with Besler and Feilhaber getting yellows and suspensions for accumulation after Wednesday game against Houston. Roger Espinoza was already out with an injury and just like that it is a who's who, no really who is that, on the field for KC.

What's one of the best ways to give yourself a worse shot at winning?

Sounders vs Sporting KC live TV: Streaming, schedule and how to watch

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Seattle travels to Sporting Park for this 2 PM ESPN match.

Sporting Kansas City hosts Seattle Sounders FC. The visitors have the opportunity to shoot forward in the standings, while the hosts just hope to hold onto their spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Seattle is without signing Roman Torres and two depth players.

Chad Marshall out, but Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Associates ready to score

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Chad Marshall is taking today off, but the rest of the lineup looks ready to put up many goals. Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins are again paired up top. New additions Andreas Ivanschitz and Nelson Haedo Valdez are on the wings. Osvaldo Alonso and Gonzalo Pineda will hold the middle of the park.

The defense without Marshall is Tryone Mears, Zach Scott, Brad Evans and Oneil Fisher.

Sounders vs Sporting KC recap: Lost opportunity in 1-1 draw

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Obafemi Martins and Dom Dwyer score in match that Seattle should have dominated.

There were no late game heroics for Seattle Sounders FC. Instead it was the energy of Dom Dwyer who rescued a single point for Sporting Kansas City. The 1-1 result is a decent road point, but also a failure to take advantage of a KC lineup that lacked any sort of threat.

Sounders vs Sporting KC: Three Questions

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Sunday's 2 PM match on ESPN has significant Western Conference standings. Finally the Sounders are on the opposite side of the absences bug. Generally healthy Seattle face a Kansas City team without three of its best five players. It's a road game, but one where Sigi has a chance at three points.

Traveling to Kansas City for a soccer match is not easy.

Seattle's MOHAI will host Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony

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The Museum of History and Industry was already an awesome museum, but on October 3 it will become an awesome lifetime achievement venue.

When Kasey Keller and Sigi Schmid join the ranks of the best soccer people in our country's history, they'll do so close to home. On Friday, US Soccer announced that the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on October 3, along the shores of Lake Union at the Museum of History and Industry.

Sounders 2 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks live online: Streaming, schedule and how to watch

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S2 start their USL playoff run in the Western Conference Quarterfinals in Colorado

Román Torres undergoes 'successful' surgery, begins rehabilitation

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Torres likely won't be ready to play until after the start of next season.

Roman Torres' road back to recovery officially begins now. The Seattle Sounders center back underwent "successful" reconstructive surgery on his injured left knee earlier this week and will begin the rehabilitation process immediately.

MLS Weekend, How to watch MLS in Week 30. TV and streaming listings

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The Supporters' Shield has many suitors, some will drop out this weekend while some will take a step forward. Or could there be a seven way tie atop the standings? Three Big Storylines, From a Sounders Point of View and National TV Listings. Here is your Week 30 MLS Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Friday night sees the Supporters' Shield favorites New York Red Bulls hosting Kaka and Orlando City SC.

Reigns Abroad: Winters, Corsie, Fishlock To Go Out On Loan

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Three Reign players have new teams lined up to keep the soccer going after next week's NWSL Final.

The Reign are focused on next week's championship match in Portland, but some Seattle players are already declaring their intent to join the exodus of NWSL players joining other leagues on loan for the offseason.

Here's who Sounders are most likely to face in CCL quarterfinals

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TL;DR is we're probably going to face D.C. United or Club America.

With one round of matches left to play in the CONCACAF Champions League Group Stages, four teams have already punched their tickets into the Quarterfinal Round. Would it surprise you to discover that three of these four teams are MLS sides?

Major Link Soccer: Sepp Blatter hit with criminal case in Switzerland

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'Suspicion of criminal mismanagement." Also, Michel Platini admits he is the worst. Plus, we continue to mock Robert Earnshaw's field goal attempt.

Seattle

The Sounders Alliance Council can't wait to gain the ability to recall Garth Lagerwey. Not really. But getting the rules sorted out for how and when they can call for a vote on the GM is probably a good thing.

Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps: Player ratings

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Sounders beat Shield leaders away, win Cascadia Cup

The 3-0 winning score line against the shield leaders in Vancouver was a bit misleading, as each team had spells of strong possession and dangerous play. Ultimately, the Sounders continued to take smart shots and finished their opportunities, while limiting their opponents to speculative attempts.

Sounders showcase newfound depth in win over Whitecaps

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Depth is a funny thing. Back in the "dire days", it appeared as though we had vastly overestimated how much the Seattle Sounders had. Missing sometimes more than half of their regular starters, the Sounders had fallen from the top of the Supporters' Shield race to briefly out of playoff position.

But Wednesday's decimation of the currently Supporters' Shield-contending Vancouver Whitecaps showed a different side.

Osvaldo Alonso in full training as Sounders look to Sporting KC

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The Seattle Sounders kept things light at today's practice for the majority of players involved in Wednesday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, keeping the likes of Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle indoors while the rest of the squad went through normal practice routines. Among those practicing outside in today's ideal weather were forwards Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, and defender Zach Scott.

Sounders FC Alliance business meeting set for Nov. 12

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Come see the owners up even closer and more personally than at the March to the Match.

Season ticket holders have another event to add to their calendar: Seattle Sounders FC will be holding their seventh annual Alliance Business Meeting on Nov. 12. Like last year it will be held at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle, and like every year it is expected to be hosted by Sounders FC owners Joe Roth, Adrian Hanauer, and Drew Carey (possibly via Skype.

Four Seattle Reign players make NWSL Best XI squad

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In addition to having the most players on the NWSL Best XI, another four Reign FC players were selected for the Second XI.

No NWSL team was more heavily decorated in the Best XI voting than the Seattle Reign who had four players named to the team. Center back Lauren Barnes, midfielders Kim Little and Jess Fishlock, and forward Beverly Yanez all made the list that was announced today.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps CONCACAF Champions League: Highlights, stats, quotes

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Seattle Sounders FC again dominated the Vancouver Whitecaps. Using a defense that was primarily starters with an attack of mostly rotational players Sigi Schmid's side repeated their 3-nil scoreline from the weekend's MLS play. Lamar Neagle is now third in the CCL with three goals scored in the competition.

Major Link Soccer: Sporting KC loses in horrific fashion

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And we aren't even talking about their love of argyle.

Seattle

DeAndre Yedlin is making his new coach happy, as one of the few bright spots in Sunderland's 4-1 loss over the weekend.

Freddy Montero just looks good in green.

MLS

You may have thought the week has gone pretty well for Sounders FC so far, but check this: Last night Sporting KC went to Houston to face their friends the Dynamo, and left with a loss.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps CONCACAF Champions League live TV: Streaming, schedule and how to watch

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FoxSports2 has the match so hurry up and get to CenturyLink so you can watch the game.

Tonight's CONCACAF Champions League match features a Vancouver Whitecaps team you've seen about two thousand times already this year. The match is part of the season ticket package so those that manage to get through traffic will see two sides with which they are quite familiar.

Sounders roll out solid B+ lineup for win-or-go home CCL match

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Facing the Vancouver Whitecaps for the second time in four days with their CONCACAF Champions League lives on the line, the Seattle Sounders are rolling out one of their strongest ever lineups in group stage play. Among the 11 starters are at least six A-team starters and the other five players all have at least six league starts this year.

Lamar Neagle gives Sounders much-needed lead

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Despite putting out a far more experienced and talented lineup, the Seattle Sounders had struggled to really take control of their win-or-go home CONCACAF Champions League match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday. That was until two struggling players connected on the game's first goal.

Taking a pass from Nelson Haedo Valdez, Chad Barrett put in a perfect cross to the front of the goal where Lamar Neagle couldn't help but redirect into the net.

Chad Barrett scores and then fakes injury on celebration

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Do you remember the last time Chad Barrett scored? Well, he does. It was back on Aug. 9 when he finished off a beautiful Erik Friberg pass in the 1st minute. Nice goal and all, but what made it memorable was that he pulled up with a hamstring injury while celebrating.

Barrett scored his first goal since that day on Wednesday, heading in a Marco Pappa free kick in the 39th minute to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-0 lead over the Vancouver Whitecaps in a Champions League group stage match.

Lamar Neagle grabs a brace, puts Sounders up 3-0

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Looking for a sign that Lamar Neagle may actually be over his nearly season-long slump? Look no further than his second goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday that gave the Seattle Sounders a 3-0 lead in the 48th minute. Neagle finished off a wonderful buildup that started when Pa Modou Kah gave it away to Nelson Haedo Valdez, who backheeled it to Chad Barrett.

Sounders vs. Whitecaps, CONCACAF Champions League result: Seattle easily moves on

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Sounders punch ticket for third CCL quarterfinals.

There was no question about the stakes in Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League match. Beat the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders qualified for quarterfinals. Lose and their supposed "1A" goal was dead before it really had a chance to get started.

CCL - Sounders vs. Whitecaps: Photos

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View this gallery here.

State of the MLS Run In: 5 Weeks to Go

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More good news for Seattle, bad news for San Jose, and ominous news for Portland in this week's update.

Previous Edition

The story of the playoff chase continues to be the three-way fight (or even four-way if you believe in Real Salt Lake) for the last two playoff spots in the West.

Sounders CONCACAF Champions League success powered by "B" lineups

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Now in their fourth CCL cycle, Sigi Schmid's side has earned a 13-12-4 +2 record behind lineups that are a mix of reserves, rotational players and starters.

Seattle Sounders FC have tallied some impressive history in the CONCACAF Champions League. As an MLS side they were the second ever team to win in Mexico, they beat a Mexican team in the Knockout Stage, and they've gotten crushed by Santos Laguna.

Keys to navigating today's Seattle traffic nightmare: Plan ahead

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The only advice WSDOT could give Lamar Neagle was: Get to CenturyLink Field as soon as stadium opens.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that Seattle is currently playing host to Chinese President Xi Jinping. He's staying at the Westin Hotel in downtown and there's a two-block perimeter around the hotel closed to traffic.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps CONCACAF Champions League: News, updates, highlights, analysis

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Wednesday's 7 p.m. match is part of the season ticket package. With a win Seattle advances to the Knockout Round for the third time in five cycles. FoxSports 2 has the TV with 97.3 KIRO-FM Seattle carrying radio of the match.

On Wednesday, Seattle Sounders FC finds itself facing a familiar foe for the opportunity to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League, this time on home turf.

Major Link Soccer: Super Sub Lewandowski and Yedlin's debut

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Robert Lewandowski came on at half time for Bayern Munich and left the game with the fastest hattrick in Bundesliga history plus two.

Seattle

Facing the same opponent twice in five days can be tough for any team. Facing the same opponent twice in five days with the playoffs and Champions League advancement on the line is more than tough, but that is the hand the Seattle Sounders have been dealt.

Waston fined, Whitecaps and Sounders warned by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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The MLS Disciplinary Committee released its weekly decision report today, with two out of the three stories regarding incidents in Saturday's match between the Seattle Sounders and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston has been fined an undisclosed amount for violating the MLS Hands to the Face/Head/Neck rule during this incident with Sounders forward Clint Dempsey in the 86th minute.

Sigi Schmid coy on CONCACAF Champions League lineup, hints at changes

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With just over 24 hours to go until the Seattle Sounders' second match against the Vancouver Whitecaps in less than a week, coach Sigi Schmid barely hinted at his team's lineup for the CONCACAF Champions' League match at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday. When asked directly about the starting XI, Schmid responded dryly to reporters after the team's practice today, "that's for me to know and you to find out tomorrow night.

Download custom Sounders covers for FIFA 16

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FIFA 16 dropped today and although the official cover unfortunately lacks any Seattle Sounders influence, you can rectify that by using your own custom cover. Feel free to download and use:

New MLS salary date reveals Sounders have 5 players on DP wages

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Additions of Nelson Haedo Valdez, Roman Torres and Andreas Ivanschitz bring Sounders' total salary expenditure past $13 million.

The MLS Players Union made their final salary drop of the season, mostly filling in the holes left by players signed after July 17. The only significant changes for the Seattle Sounders were the additions of Nelson Haedo Valdez, Roman Torres and Andreas Ivanschitz.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps CONCACAF Champions League: Three Questions

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Wednesday's 7 p.m. match is part of the season ticket package. With a win Seattle advances to the Knockout Round for the third time in five cycles.

On Wednesday, Seattle Sounders FC finds itself facing a familiar foe for the opportunity to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League, this time on home turf.

Kim Little scores a hat trick in Euro 2017 qualifying

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Just in case you thought Kim Little saved all scoring for the Seattle Reign, she showed she's more than happy to do the same to international opponents. Little helped get Scotland's run toward the 2017 Women's European Championship by scoring a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Slovenia on Tuesday. Here are all three goals.

Major Link Soccer: Could 'Americas' Champions League be in the works?

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MLS Expansion seems to be in flux beyond Atlanta's entry in 2017; Minnesota United could be playing games before LAFC.

Seattle

Do yourself a favor and get to the game early on Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting town. The city says fans attending the Sounders game at 7pm should expect significant traffic delays.

Major League Standings- Four games to go

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Sounders only have four games left this season and all are on Sundays. This week every team did their part in helping the Sounders run up the West table.

Sounders played a nervy first half but ended this weekend with a big win over a big rival, taking the Cascadia Cup, and showed they can still through a major blow on the round against the top side.

Major Link Soccer: Orcas are the best

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And see the benefits and pratfalls of a southern St. Paul MLS stadium.

Seattle

If like me the Sounders' Cascadia Cup victory is the only thing keeping you from banging your head against a rock wall or other solid surface this morning, here's a few reminders that the Sounders appear to be back.

Post-transfer window results shuffling playoff prospects

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When teams reinvented themselves during the Summer Transfer Window, some of them managed to make themselves worse in the short-term. Others, like the New York Red Bulls served notice that they could contend for the Supporters' Shield. New York, San Jose, Columbus and New England are the only teams that are hotter since the close of the window than Seattle Sounders FC.

Sounders vs. Vancouver - Aftermatch Aftermath: Cascadian Domination

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Want to win a Cascadia Cup? Best way to do that is to beat both Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps twice, which is exactly what the Seattle Sounders did this season. Now the Cascadia Cup rests safely, clutched tightly to Seattle's bosom.

We watch for games like this. We suffer for games like this.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps Community Player Ratings

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Cascadian dominance

We thought they were back after dismantling Orlando City. We suspected they might be back after victories over Portland Timbers and Toronto FC. But when you go into the house of Supporter's Shield leaders Vancouver Whitecaps and drop a three-goal shutout on them, you know you've come correct.

Game State: Whitecaps' Wasteful Wiles

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"Deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix... it happens when they change something."

...or in this case, when they don't change anything.

In the 69th minute of Seattle's win over Vancouver on Saturday, Clint Dempsey launched a shot on goal from near the halfway line that didn't have a chance of landing in the back of the net.

Obafemi Martins just can't stop scoring

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Sounders forward has scored in four straight and has six goals in six games

It's been quite awhile since we've done one of these posts but now that the Seattle Sounders are on a bit of a roll, we decided to break out our "By the Numbers" again.

.81: Obafemi Martins has scored 13 goals in 17 games or .

Whitecaps vs. Sounders: Highlights, stats and quotes

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What has already been a pretty wild year got a bit crazier on Saturday. Not only did the Seattle Sounders clinch their first piece of silverware, but they also suddenly find themselves in the midst of the Supporters' Shield race. Yes, the odds are still firmly against them, but the cold hard facts are that three points behind the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Andreas Ivanschitz gives Sounders lead on beautiful Oba Martins pass

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The Seattle Sounders were probably a little lucky not to concede first, but they'll still head into the half leading 1-0. Their goal came just before halftime when Obafemi Martins made an inch-perfect pass and Andreas Ivanschitz showed off every bit of his veteran wiles. Not only did he time his run perfect and make a glorious first touch, but his finish was expertly taken as well.

Gonzalo Pineda finishes off wonderful exchange, Sounders up 2-0

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It has been awhile since Gonzalo Pineda had a truly standout performance. He wasn't exactly playing out of his mind for most of this one, but the only thing most people will remember is this goal. Check it out:

Clint Dempsey deserves some credit for a nice pass and the buildup was really impressive, but let's give Pineda his share, too.

Obafemi Martins just can't stop scoring

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Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it's pretty safe to say the Cascadia Cup is finally coming back to Seattle after Obafemi Martins scored the Sounders' third goal of the afternoon. Moments after Clint Dempsey went face-to-face with Kendall Waston, the Sounders forward set up Martins for his sixth goal in six games.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps recap: Cascadia Cup earned

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It may only be a minor trophy, but it is ours.

Seattle Sounders FC are back - three-nil back. Their trip to Vancouver, British Columbia did not just win the Cascadia Cup, it showed that they can go to the Supporters' Shield leading team and dominate. Obafemi Martins had a goal and an assist.

Check out the full buildup on Sounders' second goal

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It has been awhile since the Seattle Sounders scored from a longish buildup. And while the eight passes and six players who touched the ball on their second goal wasn't quite on par with some of the longer buildups from earlier in the year, it was still impressive in its own right. Here it is:

Just so many intricate moves and deft passes in here.

Clint Dempsey and Kendall Waston exchanged recipes

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First a little scene setting: The Seattle Sounders were already leading the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 when Kendall Waston came in with a hard tackle on Clint Dempsey. Watson won the ball, but also hit Dempsey's legs pretty hard. Whether or not you believe it was a fair challenge is likely rooted in how physical of a game you believe soccer should be.

Erik Friberg should be available for CCL match

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Sounders were confident enough in Friberg's health that they brought him to Vancouver.

For the second straight week, injuries forced the Seattle Sounders to make multiple substitutions. This week, it was Brad Evans (74') and Osvaldo Alonso (85') coming out early. Afterward, Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said he wasn't aware of either injury being particularly serious, but Alonso was seen walking with a slight limp and with a bag of ice strapped around his leg.

Sounders players, fans show support for injured Román Torres

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Roman Torres may have only been with the Seattle Sounders for about a month when he went down with a season-ending injury, but he apparently made a strong enough impression that the team trotted out this banner before the match. Never before had the Sounders done anything like that.

Before #VANvSEA, your #Sounders honored injured teammate @romantorres05.

Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey start up top for Sounders FC

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Nelson Haedo Valdez gets a rest while Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Osvaldo Alonso start for Seattle Sounders FC. Valdez is on the bench. Surprisingly Friberg is not in the XI, with Gonzalo Pineda starting centrally. Brad Evans and Andreas Ivanschitz are the wide mids. That puts Zach Scott and Chad Marshall paired in central defense.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps live TV: Streaming, schedule and how to watch

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JOETv (10/22/110) has the Cascadia Cup broadcast in the Puget Sound area.

BC Place hosts the Seattle Sounders and the Vancouver Whitecaps in a key Western Conference MLS match. Vancouver has a clear shot at the Supporters Shield and if all things break correctly Seattle can nab a bye into the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Vancouver Whitecaps Scouting Report- For all of Cascadia

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Sounders need this win for many reasons but for none greater (or all greater) than the Cascadia Cup.

This one is for all the marbles friends, the Cascadia Cup is still up for grabs, playoff positioning, and confidence heading into a decisive final CONCACAF Champions League game for the Sounders (Wednesday against the same set of water features).

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps: News, Highlights, Analysis

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At 4 PM Pacific on JOEtv (10/22/110) Seattle attempts to earn a trophy, maintain momentum in the playoff hunt and establish a consistent XI after a transfer window stacked with changes. The match at BC Place is between 15-10-3 +12 Vancouver and 13-13-3 +3 Seattle.

Despite having to "manage" his way through the full 90 minutes at San Jose, Clint Dempsey could go another 90 away at Vancouver on Saturday.

MLS Weekend, How to watch MLS in Week 29. TV and streaming listings

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Ten weekend MLS games, 10 with playoff Implications (yes even Chicago v Orlando). Can Kei Kamara break the MLS scoring record? More East v West disparity. National TV Listings, Three Big Storylines and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your MLS Week 29 Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Two teams heading in opposite directions meet in the Friday night game on UniMas (viewing details below).

Osvaldo Alonso's reunion with his father has special significance

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Alonso's father is the one most responsible for the defensive midfielder's love of soccer and will finally get to see his son play professionally.

Osvaldo Alonso last saw his farther more than eight years ago when the Seattle Sounders midfielder made the fateful decision to defect to the United States while Cuba was playing in the Gold Cup.

Jordan Morris back with U-23 for Olympic Qualifying

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Morris is one of 20 Under-23 players who will look to defend home turf for the right to go to Brazil

US Men's National Team Under-23 Head Coach Andi Herzog named his 20-man roster for 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying today, and fans of the Red, White and Blue (and green) will be pleased to see one Jordan Morris leading the list of forwards headed to Kansas for the two-week tournament.

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Three Questions

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The Cascadia Cup and MLS Cup Playoffs seeding is on the line when Seattle heads to Vancouver for this 4 PM Pacific match.

As the Vancouver Whitecaps challenge for the Supporters' Shield, they host Seattle Sounders FC. Sigi Schmid returns to the sideline with a chance to bring the Cascadia Cup back to Seattle for the first time since 2011, continue climbing the Western Conference standings and set the stage for a CONCACAF Champions League match next week.

Laura Harvey Repeats as NWSL Coach of the Year

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The 35-year-old becomes the first ever repeat winner of the league's coaching award.

For the second year in a row, the Seattle Reign won the NWSL Shield. For the second year in a row, they're advancing to the championship match (with hopes of winning it this time). And for the second year in a row, head coach and GM Laura Harvey was rewarded with the league Coach of the Year award.

Major Link Soccer: Carli Lloyd drops hat trick on Haiti

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Could the death of transfer fees be a real thing? More details on the upcoming changed to CCL. EA removes 13 female players from FIFA 16.

Seattle

Seattle Sounders 2 are in the playoffs! They didn't make it easy on themselves, but you can check out some great photos of the match here.

The Vancouver Whitecaps podcast "From the Backline" previews the upcoming Seattle matches with a very special guest(Hint: rhymes with Dave Clark).

Episode 194: Laura Harvey talks Seattle Reign, NWSL Championship match

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This week we discuss the Sounders draw against San Jose, the Roman Torres injury, and have a great interview with the Reign's Laura Harvey.

Nos Audietis is back to break down the Seattle Sounders 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes. We discuss the match and how the point impacts the playoff race.

Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes: Player Ratings

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A lot happened in the game this week both good and bad, but at the end it was a 1-1 tie.

A 1-1 tie with San Jose away is surprisingly a good result, especially given the Sounders difficulties against the Earthquakes in the recent past. This game was marred by some serious injuries though, and it is hard to take away a good feeling from a game where so much went wrong.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs Austin Aztex: S2 punches postseason ticket

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MLS mid-week bonus gamethread. How to watch MLS in Week 29. TV and streaming listings

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Concacaf Champions League affecting the Sounders, a battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, 6 big name DPs in one match and Viva Montreal! National TV Listing, Three Big Storylines and From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your (BONUS!) mid-week MLS Week 29 Gamethread

Three Big Storylines:
  1. New York City FC host Toronto FC in the rare Wednesday National TV game.

Major Link Soccer: Sorry, Copa America unlikely to come to US

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Brad Evans prepares for defense, LAFC seeks fans that they agree with, and changes to multiple tournaments involving US Soccer.

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With Roman Torres out for at least the rest of this season, it's time for the ForMidFender to prepare for another transition. Brad Evans says he is ready to "plug in where needed.

Osvaldo Alonso gives local face to changing Cuban-American relations

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The Honey Badger is going to see his father again. It will be the first time in eight years.

Soccer is a powerful tool to learn about geopolitics and sociology. With World Cups being sent to South Africa, Russia and Qatar the message of FIFA is -- at least in theory -- as much about drawing attention to these non-traditional soccer places, with all their challenges, as it is about making a handful of old men a lot of money.

Zach Scott has been playing with a broken foot, is not human

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Yes, you read that right.

A couple weeks ago, Ross Fletcher passingly mentioned on the Seattle Sounders broadcast that Zach Scott was playing with a broken foot. The comment passed without much hoopla and the team certainly hasn't made much of a big deal about it.

Well, someone (me) finally got around to asking Sigi Schmid about it on Thursday.

USWNT v. Haiti: World Cup Victory Tour - Schedule, lineups, how to watch on TV and online

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Today at 4:30 p.m. PT, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, and their U.S. teammates will kick off the first of two friendlies against Haiti, which are part of the team's 10-game World Cup victory tour. Today's match will air on FOX Sports 1, which will have a pre-game segment from 4:00 - 4:30. The second game against Haiti will be September 20 in Birmingham, Alabama (11:30 a.

Clint Dempsey could play full 90 at Vancouver

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Despite having to "manage" his way through the full 90 minutes at San Jose, Clint Dempsey could go another 90 away at Vancouver on Saturday. Dempsey initially practiced alone on Thursday, but was a full participant in the majority of activities, including small pitch five-a-sides during the latter half of the session.

It may be time to move Brad Evans back to defense

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Moving Brad Evans back into central defense is the best choice to see out the 2015 season.

With the season-ending injury to Román Torres, the Seattle Sounders face the unfortunately familiar task of adjusting the starting backline for the final playoff push and - hopefully - the team's effort to succeed in the postseason.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Austin Aztex live online: Streaming, schedule and how to watch

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Meet us here (or at Starfire) at 7:30 p.m.

After a moderately successful inaugural season, Sounders FC 2 needs at least a draw tonight to clinch the final USL Pro Western Conference playoff seed.

S2's 12-12-3 record is remarkably similar to that of the parent club, weighed down by losses in their last four matches taking them from near the top of the West down to their current "win-or-tie-and-in" status.